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The Kruger National Park in South Africa is an internationally renowned destination that offers the world's greatest safari experience. It covers an area of 19,485 square kilometres (7,523 sq mi) in the provinces of Limpopo and Mpumalanga in north-eastern South Africa, and extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west. The Kruger National park is located about 5 hours away from Johannesburg. Visitors will have the chance to see the vast fauna and flora in SA as well as the renowned Big Five.
The climate of the Kruger National Park and Lowveld is subtropical. The rainy season is from September until May, while August and September are the driest periods. The dry winter season is the ideal time to visit this region as there is less chance of contracting malaria and the days are milder, also viewing wildlife is more rewarding as the vegetation is more sparse and animals are drawn to the waterholes to drink every morning and evening.
Spurwing has a variety of packages which will suit your budget and will showcase what the Kruger has to show. All the packages include transfers, however should you wish to experience it as a self- drive, this can be organized and Spurwing will help organize a rental vehicle of your choice. Should you prefer to fly to the Kruger, there are a number of charter flights which can be arranged upon request.
Situated in the North West Province (with Botswana as its northern border) and one of our nearest malaria free, Big Five areas, Madikwe is only a 3½ - 5 hour drive from Johannesburg, depending on the route chosen. Almost 70 000 hectares in extent, rugged, with an untouched beauty, Madikwe is the fourth largest Game Reserve in the country.
The wildlife is extensive and impressive. With the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and both black and white rhino) plus the extremely rare and endangered wild dog and cheetah and almost any other predator you can think of, a multitude of plains game and the latest bird list boasting 340 species, Madikwe has earned its place as one of the most spectacular game viewing destinations in Southern Africa.
A special feature of Madikwe lies in its unique location, a transition zone on the edges of the Kalahari, where a number of rare species occur naturally, and the bushveld. Madikwe forms part of a semi-arid region on the edge of the Kalahari Dessert. The rainy season (October – April) and the dry season (May – September). Temperatures are very high in the summer during the day, and having cooling thunderstorms in the afternoon. Winters are dry, with evenings rather cold. Game viewing is good at all times of the year though most animals tend to congregate around available water sources. Madikwe can be enjoyed on a transfer basis, self-drive or if required, there are scheduled/charter flights available.
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is located in North West Province in South Africa and only 2 and half hours drive from Johannesburg and is malaria free. This is a perfect bush break for a visitor with limited available time. The park has an area of 572 square kilometres (221 sq mi) and has the Big FIVE. One can travel through in a standard road vehicle or on an open game vehicle, as there are tarred roads and dirt roads for a different viewing experience The park borders with the entertainment complex Sun City.
The rainy season is from October until March, while July and August are the driest periods. The dry winter season is the ideal time to visit this region as the animals tend to feed the longest and the vegetation is more sparse and animals are drawn to the waterholes to drink every morning and evening. The days are mild, however the evenings are cold.
Spurwing has a variety of packages which will suit your budget and will showcase what the Pilanesberg has to show. All the packages include transfers, however should you wish to experience it as a self- drive, this can be organized and Spurwing will help organize a rental vehicle of your choice. While in the area of the Pilanesberg, a great add on may be to spend a night or two at Sun City which is adjacent.
The Garden Route is a popular and scenic stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. It stretches from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Mossel Bay, Knysna, Oudtshoorn, Plettenberg Bay and Nature's Valley; with George, the Garden Route's largest city and main administrative centre.
It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Temperatures rarely fall below 10°C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28°C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in the spring months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean rising and releasing their precipitation along the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains just inland of the coast.
The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which go there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).
For golfing enthusiasts, the Garden Route, should be part of your South African holiday, with golf courses such as Fancourt, Oubaai and Pezula.
The Garden Route can be experienced as a tour as documented, else as a safe drive as the roads are easy to navigate. Spurwing will be able to assist with all accommodation and car rentals should this be your choice of exploring this part of the country.
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